Saturday, July 16, 2011

Zombie Diaries 2, The (2011)

zd2-212x300.jpg (212×300)
Cinéma-vérité style horror films are quickly becoming a dime a dozen with indie filmmakers from all over the world trying to capture the lightning in a bottle type successes of The Blair Witch Project[REC], and of courseParanormal Activity. Though those three flicks easily can be pointed to as the cream of the crop, a few other first-person horror films have met with a good deal of success in their own right. Such is the case with Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates' 
When the news broke that the two talented filmmakers behind that flick would be delivering a sequel, we were nothing short of ecstatic. So how does The Zombie Diaries 2 (known in the UK as World of the Dead: The Zombie Diaries 2) fare in comparison to the original? Sadly, not as well.
Unlike the original Zombie DiariesThe Zombie Diaries 2 takes a much more linear approach than the first film did and continues the stories of two of the original film's characters - the batshit nuts Goke (Russell Jones) and Leeann (originally played by Victoria (Nalder) Summer and played here by Alix Wilton Regan). Of course the returning duo are once again on different sides of the fence with Leeann running with a military squad led by the square-jawed Maddox (Brodie), who is looking to get her and his troop to safety, and Goke hanging out with a band of necrophiliac psychopaths hellbent on enjoying the chaos. As with the first film, The Zombie Diaries 2 paints a very bleak and disturbing picture of both human nature and the apocalypse. This is a world in which the dead are strong in numbers and scary as hell. All the pieces are firmly in place for a great experience; there's just one nagging problem regarding this entire affair...
As a cinéma-vérité film it just doesn't work. In order for a film shot in this particular vein to work, no matter what craziness is going on, the events have to stay rooted in reality. One false note and the audience is taken out of the experience and the experiment is a failure. There has to be reason. There has to be logic.
As a means to keep the cameras rolling, our single main photographer (who also happens to be a soldier) does absolutely nothing but record the events in front of him. He stands there and watches tragedy after tragedy befall his comrades without ever daring to draw his firearm and help out. Even more perplexing? None of his group ever even yells at him for his blatant stupidity or lack of support in the face of sometimes very much surmountable odds should he have just started shooting something other than footage. You'll spend nearly the entire movie wishing for this dude to either fight or die. It's so frustrating. If you can overlook this, there's plenty of undead goodness to be had, but I just couldn't.
Then it happens. The end. Much like in The Last Broadcast, the final moments of the film free themselves from the cinéma-vérité shooting style, and we're treated to a teasing look at the movie we should have gotten. There's no doubt the ending is pretty damned great, but it's just too little too late. Here is a film that would have been tremendous if it utilized a more conventional style of filmmaking the entire time and left the first-person gimmick behind.
There was definitely more story to tell in this tale, and there's still more to be told. Michael Bartlett and Kevin Gates display a keen eye for the camera and have the unique ability to create a lot with a little. Here's hoping that if we ever get a Zombie Diaries 3, they come off of their leashes and deliver something truly great. You can only go to the well so many times, and this particular one has all but run dry.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

ptp

Chartered Accountant Courses Business Online Payment Processor Women Management Living Without Money Berlin Creations Buy Real Views Banking Software Solutions skypemobilephones.eu.org 2wistedelgnc.eu.org asissoko.eu.org avartsybeauty.eu.org beautyinbluiris.eu.org binebineblog.eu.org blapss-fashion-black.eu.org bccmp.eu.org eccentricyoruba.eu.org purduern.eu.org radicalcatholicmom.eu.org welivepeacefully.eu.org isaidhotdamn.eu.org debugmybrain.eu.org kadosaland.eu.org lifestylemosaic.eu.org many77.eu.org myafricanfather.eu.org nappturallynigerian.eu.org our-hair.eu.org oyato.eu.org stcongo.eu.org reflectionsofakikuyuindenmark.eu.org saaynunuwako.eu.org oyato.eu.org zimbotraveller.eu.org authorkellymoran.eu.org bendingbookshelf.eu.org ignoramus101.eu.org midgiechic.eu.org motherandchildghana.eu.org lylphoto.eu.org immaculatae.eu.org lifeasweknowit-lorih.eu.org loveinkcoffee.eu.org americansforfreedom.eu.org notesfromnaija.eu.org ninercharlie.eu.org reckersau.eu.org thecurrencylad.eu.org wheels128.eu.org balticblog.eu.org mycatholicpotpourri.eu.org orthodoxcatholicfamily.eu.org americanmohammad.eu.org ivyslush3.eu.org astaticlull.eu.org cocochurch.eu.org flirtinaskirt.eu.org readywithareason.eu.org kokesh.eu.org rucksacktobackpack.eu.org expendablesolder.eu.org badgersix-lwh.eu.org lavinialive.eu.org tsp8.eu.org akudaninsomniaku.eu.org akusukablogging.eu.org annajoharisaysitso.eu.org httphttp awensmiling.eu.org ayianaflicka.eu.org bellerockstar.eu.org bulibhakluko.eu.org bicarabilikjenerator.eu.org cikninelife.eu.org edoraemon.eu.org electric-magenta.eu.org fuyoohenry.eu.org hftqa.eu.org bunkbulletin.eu.org kejudancheese.eu.org theascentofthislife.eu.org misttarrygirl.eu.org mok-silversurfer.eu.org muzziemuth.eu.org nanaahanaah.eu.org nasrulfadhli.eu.org nurelle.eu.org puntikara.eu.org qeef.eu.org satuinterval.eu.org imissdaniel.eu.org jadedreality.eu.org young-bubbly-wanderer.eu.org nowherethemiddle.eu.org queenharpy.eu.org throughlifesentanglements.eu.org veterandissent.eu.org driveoncf.eu.org eastkurd.eu.org unitedstatesofkurdistan16.eu.org zaneti.eu.org theultimateinsult.eu.org anarchistrabbi.eu.org ajbenjaminjr.eu.org collegegi.eu.org courageouscoward.eu.org dos-centavos.eu.org apachesix.eu.org bonenberger.eu.org desertphoenix.eu.org kjc88navy.eu.org prt-kunar.eu.org littlelittlerants.eu.org teamarchangel.eu.org toyoufromfailinghands.eu.org mikegulf.eu.org peaceandwartimes.eu.org mokkiez.eu.org nicoleanne.eu.org pornfortroops.eu.org novweiwei.eu.org lxygripes.eu.org freidabee.eu.org nosheepleshere.eu.org praesidiumrespublicae.eu.org socialsense.eu.org walterreed.eu.org imaginenoborders.eu.org noshackles.eu.org soilcatholics.eu.org thevanitypress.eu.org sylviascatholic.eu.org nosheepleshere.eu.org yieldingtochrist.eu.org dailyterroristroundup.eu.org contactright.eu.org thefrazzledsister.eu.org ajbenjaminjrbeta.eu.org festinalente-franiam.eu.org combatvetspouse.eu.org blogginleaf.eu.org mrhawaii.eu.org ofallontimes.eu.org outofwater.eu.org smugmonkey.eu.org todust.eu.org 1200c.eu.org 30000mileson2wheels.eu.org amicsdelamoto.eu.org asimplegirlincali.eu.org bikersblastuk.eu.org thatsmeontheleft.eu.org dcharged.eu.org dlmj1972.eu.org gasketpants.eu.org guru1200.eu.org houseofoilleaks.eu.org idontwearcloaks.eu.org halfricanrevolution.eu.org jadecameron.eu.org prisonerofstarvation.eu.org theviewfromsteeltown.eu.org unrepentant.eu.org radmamblings.eu.org shatterforth.eu.org koolkustoms.eu.org lifeandmotorcycle.eu.org oklahomaperrinfamily.eu.org pj-motorcycle.eu.org ridingwithrockers.eu.org ridenshoot.eu.org riskyrides.eu.org rogersgeorge.eu.org roy-harleydavidson-malaysia.eu.org sarchsblog.eu.org scootn-with-the-reverend.eu.org shugartmotorcyclemill.eu.org myrtlejune.eu.org thras.eu.org anon.free.anonymizer.com eu.org quarterlifeconnection.eu.org blogersinjail.eu.org catolink4.eu.org conservativeangst2.eu.org isaacf.eu.org mistergrassroots.eu.org myweb2.search.yahoo.com citoyendurable.eu.org ritaahelp.eu.org zinarala.eu.org haphazardgourmet.eu.org bewaretheaspergantus.eu.org julieklausner.eu.org 13messages.eu.org dustinandgeorgia.eu.org kinkyjews.eu.org liftlikeagirl.eu.org lakewinni.eu.org major-mike.eu.org snogdot.eu.org socalangel-asoldiersangel.eu.org maccers.eu.org desertphoenix.eu.org troyshaw.eu.org surrealadventures.eu.org doxology.eu.org coppersblog.eu.org thethreetoedsloth.eu.org tazgen.eu.org long18months.eu.org johannastan.eu.org nicoleville.eu.org seldomnicenowadays.eu.org armdeck52.eu.org armenianhiphop.eu.org esot3r1c.eu.org kanerak.eu.org tlriehle.eu.org vochmeban.eu.org yessem.eu.org vochmeban.eu.org fini9.eu.org oasisoffeelings.eu.org secular-civil-egypt.eu.org shayma-m.eu.org songsinarabic.eu.org stop-harassme.eu.org themobilelifestyle.eu.org illustrationbooth.eu.org wubstatus.eu.org socialistsalex.eu.org theiraqichef.eu.org themesopotamian-ii.eu.org sites.google.com hookedoncountry.eu.org onecuteblog.eu.org 123birthdaycards.eu.org shelsscraps.eu.org maininblogger.eu.org 123friendshipcards.eu.org memorialdaywishes.eu.org iloveyou-ecards.eu.org accusehistory.eu.org aarthilal.eu.org medhatriad.eu.org samuelalito.eu.org sandraghosn.eu.org blippedblog.eu.org cmcomix.eu.org dr-sondos.eu.org fullcdm.eu.org mmriam.eu.org sajentalhzan.eu.org crisdelaraimages.eu.org widgets.markosweb.com sitetrail.com paintingwiththemasters.eu.org 365daysonsouthdixielane.eu.org differentstrokesfromdifferentfolks.eu.org fairytaleartbyphilippefernandez.eu.org dragonfliesandhydrangeas.eu.org la-t7zn1.eu.org jasmike215.eu.org nsean.eu.org loaganranch.eu.org tublitalented.eu.org cooncan.eu.org sapho7777.eu.org img.bizinformation.org magicaldroplets.eu.org libyan-hamlet.eu.org metalkative.eu.org oscarandtheladyinpink.eu.org a3sab.eu.org ba6eekh.eu.org drunkandgorgeous.eu.org kefayaheros1.eu.org impposible.eu.org megamyth.eu.org migrantmind.eu.org mola7atha.eu.org q8gal.eu.org q80demon.eu.org thedramaofliving.eu.org chichiandluxe.eu.org myartfuladventures.eu.org fireflyhilldesigns.eu.org reelsaltlife.eu.org lumineaux.eu.org nohealookbook.eu.org artbybeatriz.eu.org amitpatty.eu.org indykaleidoscopes.eu.org ishikasadhukhan.eu.org matsyacrafts.eu.org anetteshus.eu.org thecolourfulsketchbook.eu.org thedecodetective.eu.org lasweetsettings.eu.org makeroomforliving.eu.org sweetlifeblogazine.eu.org imnotreallyadiva.eu.org turkishcookingclass.eu.org suzannart.eu.org countingyourblessings ecrireaufildelaplume.eu.org floor-abella.eu.org everyauctiontelssastory.eu.org g-g-style.eu.org jenifercotter.eu.org kimberlys-cupblog.eu.org oliverue.eu.org sandravertson.eu.org objetsducharme.eu.org plumedpen.eu.org ifthelampshadefits.eu.org teatime-theelueten.eu.org theknittingandsewingcorner.eu.org avintagediva.eu.org blessedmomssimplehome.eu.org blondiesjournals.eu.org artfullyooglebloops.eu.org encrecouleurs.eu.org boutiqueindustry.eu.org castlescrownand gardeninginasandbox.eu.org sweetiepiepumpkinnoodle.eu.org adventure corps Make Money With Patents america china society apartments and design auto electrical systems auto repair advice guide auto repair business banking promotions credit cards Real Estate And Security Home beauty product skin health beauty salon product Vacation Insurance business auto car business auto insurance cost business ideas plan business parts auto car finance tools commercial car insurance quote iPhone and iPad Turkey criminal lawyer job description cuentas and colors Generic Drug Strategies Financial Crisis desigs furniture home Cheap Wedding Dresses doing exactly this drugs abuse statistics Education Legal Issues education essay titles emergency medical information Development Service Solutions finance insurance premium financial and information free download software android games and android software Online Shopping Cart get her new book guide healthy recipes Pokerstars Real Money health for women and tips health problems of children health topics kids healthy ageing home decorating service home for sale and rent home improvement projec home improvement project management home improvement project planning The Sexual Life and Abuse of Children Business Services Chip Card insurance business loans insurance premium loan European Education Technology Terms lawyers guns and money quote legacy landscape blocks legacy landscape contractors legacy landscape materials living rooms decorating making me money Lawyer Requirements mens healt hand tips Ensure Plans Insurance Indianapolis Website Design Employment and the Economy natural skin care cosmetics products news design real estate news real estate license online health beauty care products online shopping business plan people with bad credit solution personal financial services personal loan credit cards property and homes real estate and security home real estate for commercial resort and restaurant Animal Service Best Beauty Products security innovation network Cheap and Reliable Car Insurance shopping online lingerie signature priority banking skin care cosmetic products smart home inspiration Money Maintenance teach about alcohol abuse technology supports auto car the best flooring america the best form finsurance solutions the online shopping channel the real estate event Where can I Find a Lawyer tile flooring ideas tips life time fitness tips reduce cari insurance quotes tourism Travel guide traveller and hotel Barbecue Electric vehicle technologies electrical The shirts and Jackets Design wood flooring ideas wood shed network